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  1. I was booked on an 11 day Caribbean cruise for October 2020 on the Equinox.  There are no 11 day cruises to shift to.  I was told that makes me inelligible.  As has been discussed on the board, I was not able to go into the 12 day and pay the difference.  There was a 9 day but we didn't want to lose 2 days.  I feel this cruise won't sail, but it's clear they are not going to cancel to it until after final payment.   Disappointing.

  2. I guess it depends on the excursion.  If you are doing a catamaran excursion to a snorkel site, everyone leaves their belongings on the catamaran.  If you are doing a snorkel from shore, such as Klein Bonaire, it can be a little trickier.   We try to take the minimum with us.  We leave as much as possible back in the cabin.  Usually the stuff remains on shore and the vendor may or may not keep an eye on it.  There are some commercial things you can buy to lock your stuff up and secure to a table leg of tree.   There are some on Amazon for about $25.  Enjoy your snorkel.  

  3. Just back from Key West and took the Echo Catamran.  We did dolphin watching and snorkel.  We sailed with Russ as captain and Nicki as first mate.  It was very disapointing.  The dolphin watching was nice, even good.  The day was windy and they took use to a "sponge nursery" to snorkel.  The wind was strong and the current was strong in the opposite direction.  This made it a very rough swim in nearly any direction.  I am an experienced snorkeler.  No one from the company got into the water with us.  When I realized I was getting tired, I headed back toward the boat.  After several minutes of swimming, I was not only not making progress, I was being pushed in the wrong direction.  And I was getting more tired.  My sister was helping me but she was getting tired as well.  My brother in law ended up assisting both of us back the boat.  Neither the "captain" or "first mate" had paid a bit of attention, let alone attempt to assist.  I have snorkeled all over the Caribbean and this is the worst experience I have ever had.  There were some very positive reviews for this group but there are some reviews very similar to our experience.  It may depend on which crew you draw. 


    Just my experience

  4. My husband and I usually cruise with another couple.  We are considering a cruise as one of 5 couples.  Ten people sounds like it could be difficult.


    I am looking for hints to create a smooth experience.  Any thoughts appreciated.

  5. On 3/27/2019 at 1:10 PM, Jim_Iain said:

    I was searching recently as to where Infinity was in April 8-13.   It was missing from Celebrity Site.   When I googled on the date it revealed that it was chartered for a "Lifestyle Cruises" (another word for Swingers Cruise)  It appears it offers both clothing optional sun bathing and "Play Rooms". 

    We were staying at Embassy Suites the same weekend they were getting ready to board.  I think they called it a "bliss"  cruise.  

  6. To answer you question, you will need to walk into the water from the beach and get in a small boat to be noticed out to the catamaran which is in deeper water.  I don't know how you get into the catamaran because we got stood up! We arrived at the beach location at 12:30 as instructed.  There was no Dolphin and we were told that our reservation didn't go well.  We were assured that they were substituting us into a comparable catamaran.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  We got on a catamaran that was about 1 trip away from the salvage yard!  It was awful!  They did end up refunding our money but it was a disappointment.  On the up side, we saw the Dolphin at the snorkeling site and she is beautiful!  Hope that helps!

  7. Why do I get this feeling your embellishing a bit? Parents with children have a right to purchase a balcony. What were the kids yelling? Who were they yelling at? Were they just kids being kids and talking loud?


    What difference does it make what they were yelling or who they were yelling at.? The op said they were banging on partitions. I find no circumstances that would be ok. There is some level of noise on most balconies. Our group of adults constantly remind each other that there are people sleeping, having breakfast or otherwise enjoying their balcony. I appreciate that parents and kids have paid for their cruise. Their enjoyment should not be so obtrusive to others.


    I think you're upset that there were kids with a balcony near you and you want total silence, peace and quiet. May be a bit of bad luck ....Correct me if I'm wrong ...... Seems like a lot of speculation.


    I think a little courtesy goes along way. Just my opinion

  8. There are a lot of things to do in Aruba. They have many wonderful beaches but I don't know the best place to search for sea glass. You can do a search on the board for "beach" and a ton of info will come up.

  9. Aruba is a wonderful port and there is a lot to do there. Your cruise line's website will tell you what shore excursions they are offering and your time choices. There may or may not be deep see fishing offered. I have a stop in Aruba In October and I don't see deep sea fishing as an offering. I also checked Trip Advisor and I don't see anyone talking about it there either.


    Aruba will have a ton of folks at the port offering tours. You may find fishing there. I know you will find a ton of folks who want to take you to the beach, take you on an island tour, or perhaps snorkeling.


    Your best bet is to check what the cruise line offers first. Then you know how much time you have to do another excursion.


    A caution for 1st time cruiser - if you take a ship offered tour, they will get your back to the ship on time or wait for you. In extreme cases, the cruise ship may leave and make arrangements for you to get to the next port but that is rare.


    If you book a private excursion, they probably would not wait for you if you are late getting back. That is unlikely to happen in Aruba because you have such a long day there.


    Hope this helps.


    Whichever you choose, enjoy!

  10. $21 for the 14 and 18 yo, $11 for those over 60.


    We took a taxi from the port. None of us can remember how much it cost, so it couldn't have been too significant.


    The have their own website which will give you a lot of information. We did the shark, turtle and stingray feeding which was very good.,



  11. Hi and welcome to Cruise Critic.


    I usually use a local travel agent who I have built a relationship . She does a good job. Price is not always the cheapest. She often gets us perks that make up the difference. On e the rare instance that we have had a problem ( flight cancelled) she has been terrific.


    I have never tried an on line TA in the traditional sense, whoever I have used a travel agent through one of the big warehouse stores. Got a great price, great perks, picked our own cabin and had a lovely problem free cruise.


    I would be willing to try an online TA but I have cruise a number of times before. My only concern is who to call if there is an unexpected issue.


    Whatever you choose, enjoy!

  12. Hell Joyfullife!


    I usually cruise out of FLL butI'm taking an October cruise departing from Miami. I don't know whole lot about Miami but I'll share what I can.


    I went to hotels.com and was able to find a map of the area with the hotels marked on it. It gives you a way to see prices and locations. The map also shows a number of Miami locations that might be interesting to check out.


    There is a board called Florida Departures. You will find a lot more info on there. Tons of info on where to stay, how to use the local transportation and what to see.


    Good luck and enjoy your cruise!

  13. Wow!! Thanks for very undiplomatically answering my question and making a mom travelling with two kids feel totally stupid.

    Feel free to never comment on my posts ever again. Thanks


    I think your concern is warranted. We are a group of 4, 2 adult couples. I would not bring children with me on this island. Just my opinion. More than that, I am sorry you were treated so rudely on this board. There was no excuse for that.

  14. cruisechev - I'll give a try to answer some questions.


    Our group is Platinum on Princess but our last few cruises have been on Celebrity.


    Celebrity is a little quieter than Princess. Some of the furnishings are a little nicer. Balcony cabins on Celebrity have a small sofa rather than the 2 chairs that Princess has. Celebrity has a solarium which is a pool and lounge area that is limited to adults. Usually very quiet in there. There is no charge. They also have an area call the Persian Gardens. It is an up charge area and I don't know much about it. Celebrity has it's own buffet. It is the usual buffet. They have decent pizza, a pasta station, a stir fry station. It's decent. There are a few no charge venues for snacks but not much else for a meal except the dining rooms. Celebrity does not have do-it-yourself laundry facility, which I do miss. There may be a few less kids on Celebrity but we usually take 10 day cruises and neither Princess nor Celebrity have many kids on the cruises longer than 7 days.


    Hope that is helpful!


  15. mizzoumom1111 - Welcome to Cruise Critic!

    I am sailing out of Miami on October and have done a bit of research. There are some hotels that offer free shuttles. It seems like the "free shuttle" is built into the hotel rate. After looking at the hotel map on a popular hotel search site, I chose the one closest to the port - Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown. I think the taxi should be cheap from there, compared to other locations.

    There is quite a bunch of information on the Florida Departures board. You can actually do a search for "miami" and it will bring up all the Miami related threads. Good luck planning!:D

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